Leslie Lampert is the cupid of Mount Kisco. She serves up love in the form of food and community.
It all started when she made soup for 9/11 volunteers -- her efforts evolved into a business called, "Ladel of Love."
Which was followed up with "Cafe of Love."
"We change our menu about 10 times a year and I like to do a play on all the classics to keep comfort food elegant and sophisticated," says Lampert.
And on that menu, there's soup, especially the Black Truffle & Salsify Soup.
The recipe is simple -- onions, parsnips, celery, potatoes, salsify and thyme -- all sauteed with some stock. That stock is later pureed.
Recipe for CAFE OF LOVE'S Black Truffle & Salsify Soup:
In large stock pot, add oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add onions, parsnip, celery and sauté for 8 minutes. Add salsify, potatoes, stock and herb sachet. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for one hour. Add truffles. Puree with immersion blender until smooth . Season with salt & pepper and drizzle with truffle oil.